Samsung will introduce the Galaxy Note 2 successor in a couple of days and, as the Galaxy Note 3 released date draws near, we stretched our antennas in order to get some more information about the yet-unannounced Sammy phablet.
After we were the first to tell you that the Galaxy Note 3 will be announced on September 4 as a Samsung insider confirmed the release date for us, we managed to get in touch with him once again and received some more confirmations.
He was able to confirm that the rumors saying that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be the first smartphone in the world to pack 3 GB of RAM are accurate, but he also dismissed the ones saying that the 5.7-inch phablet’s camera will pack optical image stabilization. It seems that the Note 3 will borrow the Galaxy S4’s 13 megapixel camera without any further enhancements.
When we asked him about the S Orb feature, he said that Samsung’s 360 degree panorama was too buggy to be included on new handset, because it’s main feature, the Facebook integration, failed to perform at an acceptable level.
In case you are wondering what the rumor mill has to say about the pablet’s technical specifications, learn that the device is expected to sport a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD resolution and that there will be two Galaxy Note 3 variants: one powered by an eight-core Exynos 5420 SoC (quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex A15 CPU + quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 CPU and Mali T628 MP6 GPU) and another one coming with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC (quad-core 2.3 Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU).
It seems that there will also be a cheaper Galaxy Note 3 intended for the emerging markets, which will ditch the Super AMOLED display and the 13 megapixel unit over a full HD LCD screen and 8 megapixel camera.
We are also expecting the Note 3 to have all the connectivity features worthy of a modern smartphone: 4G LTE, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, NFC chip, IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB 2.0.
Samsung’s decision to acquire 5% in Wacom shares might indicate that Galaxy Note 3 will come with an improved S Pen, as Wacom is a Japan-based company that produces graphic tables with pressure-sensitive stylus or digital pen input.
Rumor has it that the new phablet will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, customized with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz Nature UX interface.